Using the tip of a toothpick, pushed through a soft-plastic bait and the eye of the hook, will help keep a Texas-rigged bait from sliding down. Break off both ends of the toothpick just outside the worm’s margins.
Bass Fishing

Stick a toothpick in it

One of the best tools a bass fisherman can have, especially during the summer when fish live largely in deep, cool, oxygenated water, are toothpicks. […]

Field Notes

Knot of the month: Loop Knot

Many anglers have been fishing with someone, casting identical lures, with one angler catching fish and the other catching nothing.

That result can’t always be explained just by casting to different spots.

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Deer of the Year

Giles Island makes like-father-like-son wish come true

Michael Rogillio was happy when his father Ricky Rogillio downed a double drop-tine whitetail trophy on Nov. 30 while hunting at Giles Island Hunting Club. But the 22-year-old never dreamed he’d have a chance to find out what the saying “like father, like son” meant 61 days later at the same place. […]

Deer of the Year

Yazoo County 15-year-old downs huge typical buck

Fifteen-year-old Josh Alford of Brandon knew what buck he wanted to kill when he hit the woods with his brother and uncle during Christmas break because the big 12-point typical had been captured on trail-cam photos several times.

What Alford didn’t know until he killed it on Dec. 29 was that it was just a monster Yazoo County deer: It has been green scored by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks at 192 gross inches. […]

Deer of the Year

Sunflower County gives up 187-inch typical buck

Brian Andrus got a second chance at the buck of his lifetime Nov. 28, and made it pay off by downing one of the great typical bucks of the 2011-12 hunting season.

The 32-year-old row-crop farmer from Moorhead took advantage of access to a 500-acre block of his family’s Sunflower County farm, part used for duck hunting and the other for deer hunting, to take the deer that has been green scored at nearly 190 inches Boone & Crockett. […]